President Trump will talk on the phone Friday with the Palestinian Authority president, the first conversation between the two leaders since the Republican took office in January.
The phone call with Mahmoud Abbas, scheduled to take place at 12:15 p.m., according to the president’s official schedule, and will last for no longer than 30 minutes.
The call will be the first one between the two since Trump was sworn into office in January.
Abbas, who has spent much time courting US presidents and secretaries of state over the past decade, has been trying to reach out to Trump and is concerned the new American administration is sidelining the Palestinians.
Trump has spoken several times on the phone with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, including a chat earlier this week.
On that March 6 call, “The two leaders discussed the need to counter continuing threats and challenges facing the Middle East region. The Prime Minister thanked the President for his comments at the beginning of his speech before the Joint Session of Congress condemning anti-Semitism,” according to a readout of the phone call.
Trump has also welcomed Netanyahu for a White House visit, which included a joint public press conference, an Oval Office sit down meeting, and a Cabinet Room lunch. Last month, Trump said that he and Netanyahu were working on a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians that would involve a number of other Middle Eastern countries.
With Post Wires